Severe winter storm expected to hit New Jersey

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Forecast for Winter Storm Hercules

The National Weather Service issued a statewide Winter Storm Warning for New Jersey through Friday.

We are expecting 4 to 8 inches of snow, frigid temperatures, wind gusts up to 30 mph and icy road conditions over the next 24 to 36 hours. Please click here for helpful information on the storm.

Authorities have urged residents to stay safe and avoid traveling on the roads during the snowstorm.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing Emergency Management officials to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

Christie also authorized the closing of state offices on Friday, Jan. 3 for all non-essential employees.

Due to the snow, all Union County recreation programs, activities and facilities are cancelled or closed for today, including public sessions at Trailside Nature & Science Center and the Warinanco Skating Center.

Public works crews geared up to keep the roads as clear as the snow falls and, officials urge residents to park off-street wherever possible to facilitate plowing and stay indoors for your own safety.

Officials also sent reminders that it is illegal to drive with windshields obstructed by snow, or to operate vehicles with large amounts of snow that could blow off and obstruct someone else’s view.

For urgent and immediate health and safety issues: Dial 911 To report a power outage or downed electrical line: Contact your local energy provider (info below). Be prepared to give the nearest cross street. Do not go near a downed pole or power line and make sure to check for downed wires before your children go out into the snow.
PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L): 1-888-544-4877
To report a gas leak:
Contact your local gas provider.
Elizabethtown Gas: 1-800-492-4009
New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325
PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
To report complaints about electric or gas utilities:
Call the NJ Board of Public Utilities: 1-800-624-0241

“It’s going to be a corker of a storm,” said Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. “This will be a full-blown Nor’easter.”

The Weather Channel said having already dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts of the Great Lakes and New England, Winter Storm Hercules ushered in 2014 with wintry weather and frigid temperatures for the mid-Atlantic, coastal Northeast and New England.

Most of New Jersey is under a winter storm warning, with forecasters expecting 6 to 10 inches to fall in northwestern New Jersey by Friday, 4 to 8 in areas close to New York City and 4 to 6 in southern New Jersey. New Jersey Transit has announced that it will cross-honor all tickets on Thursday.

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